Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Amend HOA Rules and Bylaws

Communities that have associations usually have set rules and bylaws, which are designed to make the neighborhood the best place to live. Some of those rules, however, may have been passed twenty years ago, or more, and they no longer mesh with current social norms, the needs of the HOA or the flow of the community. Luckily, with a little effort, these rules and bylaws can be amended.

Determine if the Rule Still Makes SenseAmending HOA laws

The process of creating HOA rules and bylaws is a constantly evolving process. The board should routinely examine the rules to determine if they still make sense. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to what residents are saying. If they are all complaining about the same rule, it may be time to look at it closer and see if it should be amended. For example, solar power is becoming more and more popular, but many HOAs may still have rules prohibiting solar panels on roofs. With the push toward going green, many HOAs may want to reconsider this rule, especially if their homeowners feel the rule should be amended. Continue reading

5 Benefits to Organized Community Events

One of the great reasons to live in a community with a homeowners association is the community events that the HOA coordinates. These events aren’t just about having fun either, there is a greater purpose: they create a community feeling that lasts long after the event is over. So check out these five benefits from organized community events.

Community InvolvementCommunity Events

Events get the community involved. Some residents may choose to just attend the event, but even that counts as participation. However, other residents may choose to actually help with the event. This gets them connecting with the community on a deeper level. Either way, residents learn to appreciate the neighborhood a little more. Continue reading

Why you Should be Joining Webinars

Webinars are a great way to get information you need to run an HOA. However, they’re only useful if you attend them and actually pay attention. If you’ve been avoiding webinars because you don’t feel they can help, check out why joining webinars is a useful tool for any property manager or community leader.

Why Are Webinars Important for HOA Leaders?Community Manager Webinars

HOA community managers need a lot of skills and education to successfully run an HOA. Like many industries, it isn’t just about previous knowledge, it’s about continuing education too. Continue reading

How to Establish Your Community’s Pool Rules

A community pool is a great perk for any neighborhood, and it may attract many potential residents. However, a pool without rules is a serious danger. When establishing your community’s pool rules, use these five guidelines to help you.

Identify the Age LimitEstablishing community pool rules

You don’t want toddlers running around your pool without parental supervision, so you’ll need to determine various age limits. Even if you choose to hire a lifeguard, it’s best to prohibit young children from entering the pool area without a parent or adult. However, you’ll also need to determine how old the escort needs to be. Will you allow 15-year-olds to monitor 7-year-olds, or do they have to be 18 or older? Continue reading

Need Some Community Event Ideas?

The best part of living in a community association is that it is a community. Hosting events is a great way to help promote that community feel. It lets residents get to know each other, and even generates some money for the association.

Block PartyCommunity Event Ideas

Throwing a block party for the HOA is a great idea because who doesn’t love a good party? This is a great way to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere that gets people to interact with other residents whom they may not know. It creates a community feeling that continues to stick around even after the party ends. When planning the block party, try to get as many residents as possible to volunteer. For example, if someone in the neighborhood plays in a band, consider asking them to provide the entertainment. Continue reading

The History of HOAs

HOAs have been around for a long time, and for good reason. They help create a pleasant and safe place to live. The history of homeowners associations starts in the mid-nineteenth century and continues to grow and expand today.History of HOAs

Nineteenth Century Idea

The nineteenth century was an exciting time for the United States. Thanks to the industrial revolution, the nation was shifting from an agricultural society to an industrial society. As a result, people began swarming to the cities to find work, but with so many people, the cities became dirty and noisy, which created an undesirable place in which to live. Continue reading

5 Steps to Choosing a Community Manager

Choosing a community manager can make or break an HOA. A good community manager will ensure the community excels, making the neighborhood more pleasant. Check out these steps in choosing a qualified community manager.

1. Do Your HomeworkHiring a community manager

Before considering anyone, it’s important to learn more about the community manager’s history. This first means learning if they have the necessary licensure. Next, determine their level of education and experience in managing property. Make sure the experience meshes with your own property (high-rise, detached, etc.). Finally, check references to find out what previous and current clients have to say. Doing all this pre-legwork will avoid wasting time and hiring someone who doesn’t work out. Continue reading

Top 10 Qualities to Have as a Community Manager

Being a community manager is a difficult job, and you have to wear many hats. To be successful, a good community manager must have many different skills. These are the top 10 qualities all community managers should have.

Communicationqualities to have as a community manager

A community manager communicates with a lot of people: residents, vendors and the board. As a result, you need to have great communication skills, which allow you to articulate your thoughts and feelings clearly and without causing confusion. Continue reading

Series: How to Communicate With Your Residents

Method # 3 – Over Social Media

Social media is one of the least preferred communication methods by HOA residents, especially among residents 45 and up. Except for residents 18 to 24, it is the least popular communication method, but it’s still important to have a social media presence and be able to communicate via social media, so, in this series, we’ll look at successful communication via social media.HOA Resident Communication over social media

Social Media Is Growing in Popularity

Social media communication is still a turnoff for older residents, but the younger generation prefers it over home phone and work phone communication. Continue reading